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Tuesday 5th October 2021

If you are visiting this web-site for the first time, a very warm welcome; and for those of you who are 'old hands' welcome back! I hope you will enjoy having a look around.

Newish on this page is an arrangement of Once Again, another lovely Matt Redman composition and a song that may be familiar to some of you - scroll down towards the bottom of this page and it is the first track on the list. We hope very much you also like our other arrangements of some of our favourite well-known worship songs. Simply click on a title and listen.

I hope those of you who are reading this are well, and have maybe enjoyed a summer break - or perhaps like me an autumnal one - this is such a lovely time of year. If not, perhaps some days or lunches out. I think it is still a time to be 'cautiously optimistic' but generally life (in this country at least) seems to be ticking over pretty well at the moment.

I have been fortunate enough to have just spent three delightful weeks on the west coast of France - a country I love - feeling very relaxed and in French 'mode' - Covid paperwork all very straightforward, with a test before leaving the country and a Day 2 test here on return.

John Daniels and I very much hope that our music may have brought many of you comfort and strength during some of the challenging and difficult times. It is still being played from time to time as a bed for morning thoughts, readings and prayers for weekly online local radio Sunday services. And as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11 I am reminded of that day and of going to the piano having watched the events unfolding in the US - with the piece which I simply entitled The Eleventh of September just coming naturally into my head. If you do not know this piece of music and are interested further have a look at the Radio page to learn more about the special arrangement for the tenth anniversary.

Hymns from the recording of Songs of Praise I went to in Swanage at the end of last month were shown in the programme on 22nd August and lo and behold featured a shot of myself and my friends during the first hymn! I have had lots of enquiries from people saying 'we saw you' or 'did my eyes deceive me but was that you...?' It was a really interesting programme, entitled Jurassic Coast, and included interviews with those connected to that amazing stretch of coastland. Catch up on i-player if you didn't see it and would like to have a look.

I am still not able to get in to hospital on a Wednesday for my Chaplaincy duties, and am missing it very much - but Parish visiting has been allowed for a number of weeks now and it is a privilege to visit people in their homes and also two nursing homes. And for Talking News we have been recording at home for over a year, with weekly recordings going out online and on memory sticks.

I always value and enjoy playing as part of the worship group at Shoreline Church, a community church is Stubbington, and tend to be there every three to four weeks at the moment. We celebrated our 21st anniversary last year and moved to a new venue, the Crofton Hall at Stubbington Community Centre. More details at https://www.shorelinechristianchurch.com (type in your browser).

My music, and that with John, continues to touch many hearts - and is especially poignant at times of sadness and loss and for reconciliation purposes. Our music seems to have a capacity to bring people together, and this ties in with a comment from one of the vergers at Peterborough Cathedral a couple of years ago that meant a lot to me. The cathedral is used to holding more formal lunchtime concerts during the summer months, but he said that some of them can be a bit highbrow and described my music as being 'inclusive rather than exclusive' - appealing to a wide range of tastes. I took what he said very much to heart and would hope that my music always serves to draw people in rather than turn them away.

And it is always heartening, and humbling too, for both John and I, to receive and read your correspondence. Thank you so much. I would like to share one of the messages with you and have put it on the Reviews page. It is from a lady who has heard me in Norwich Cathedral, and I am grateful for her kind permission to reproduce it, anonymously.

On the Radio page are some interviews which hopefully give an insight into my life and music. For more details on Blue Is the Sky go to http://rsmithcompany.moonfruit.com/#/blue-is-the-sky/4590394637.

I am increasingly being asked where our music is available. Apart from this web-site's Online Shop, and a number of internet sites, our CDs are on sale in a number of Christian bookshops around the country - although sadly many have had to close their doors. All are available through Amazon and/or to download via a number of internet sites including iTunes and CD Baby. Simply go to one of these sites and type the title and/or our names in the Search box.

Once Again
Shout to the Lord
Endless Hallelujah
I Will Offer up my Life
You Alone/Mercy Medley
The Servant Song
Above All Else

Happy listening!

Best wishes

Charles

Something Music Ltd